Cross Harbour ferry services

The Cross Harbour ferry service, officially known as F4 Cross Harbour, is a commuter ferry service in Sydney, New South Wales. Part of the Sydney Ferries network, it is operated by Harbour City Ferries and services the Darling Harbour, Lavender Bay, Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay areas. Introduced on 26 November 2017, the service replaced the entirety of the predecessor F4 Darling Harbour service and the Watsons Bay stopping pattern of the F7 Eastern Suburbs service. Emerald-class ferries and SuperCat ferries operate the service.

Cross Harbour
MV Pemulwuy at Milsons Point in November 2017
WaterwaySydney Harbour
OperatorHarbour City Ferries
Began operation26 November 2017
System length8 wharves, 14.6 km
No. of vesselsEmerald and SuperCat class

History

Prior to the introduction of the Cross Harbour route, service patterns on the Sydney Ferries network were often divided between wharves located west of Circular Quay, and wharves located east, with the exception of a short-lived service in the mid-1990s that linked McMahons Point and Rose Bay.[lower-alpha 1] The Cross Harbour service is a successor to the Darling Harbour ferry service, which existed in many iterations between the 1980s and 2017. The new service was unveiled by the New South Wales Government on 27 March 2017.[1]

Wharves

F4 wharves
Name Distance from
Circular Quay
Waterway Serving suburbs Other lines
Pyrmont Bay – Watsons Bay
Pyrmont Bay 4.5 km Darling Harbour Pyrmont none
Barangaroo 3.9 km Barangaroo, Sydney CBD
Balmain East 3.0 km Balmain East
McMahons Point 1.7 km Lavender Bay McMahons Point
Milsons Point 1.3 km Milsons Point
Circular Quay 0.0 km Sydney Cove Sydney CBD, The Rocks
Rose Bay 5.9 km Rose Bay Rose Bay none
Watsons Bay 10.1 km Watsons Bay Watsons Bay

Patronage

The following table shows the patronage of Sydney Ferries network for the year ending 30 June 2018.

2017-18 Sydney Ferries patronage by line[n.b. 1] [2]
F1
4947000

Patronage split post-November



Patronage split pre-November
F2
1506000
F3
2900000
F4

(new)
2545000
F5
592000
F6
837000
F7

(new)
136000
F8
469000
F4

(old)
760000
F7

(old)
637000
  1. Figures based on Opal tap on and tap off data.
    = Lines were extensively revised in November 2017:
    • F4 Darling Harbour was combined with part of F7 Eastern Suburbs to form F4 Cross Harbour
    • The remaining part of F7 Eastern Suburbs became F7 Double Bay
    • F8 Cockatoo Island was split off from F3 Parramatta River

References

Notes
  1. A 1995 network map shows a route originating at Circular Quay, stopping at McMahons Point, and terminating at Rose Bay.
Citations
  1. McDonough, Keely (27 March 2017). "More ferry routes and services between the North Shore, CBD and Eastern Suburbs". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. "Ferry Patronage - Monthly Comparison". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
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